Location

  • Saguaro National Park to Redington Road

Length

  • 24.6 miles

Southern Access Point: Saguaro National Park

  • NOTE: This trailhead is not directly accessible by vehicles. The nearest vehicle access is 2.8 miles west on the Hope Camp Trail at the Loma Alta Trailhead at 32.13294° N, 110.68700° W. There is limited parking with trailer parking 0.25 miles south.
  • GPS Coordinates: 32.12964° N, 110.64472° W

Access

Hope Camp: No vehicle access; 3 miles required to reach the Hope Camp TH. On Old Spanish Trail, travel approximately 7 miles southeast of the Saguaro National Park Visitor Center, or go 4 miles northwest of Colossal Cave Mountain Park on Old Spanish Trail, then turn north on Camino Loma Alta Road. Go about 2.5 miles until it ends at a small trailhead/parking area. Travel 3 miles east on Hope Camp Trail to historic Hope Camp.


Northern Access Point: Redington Road

Access

From Tucson, head east on Tanque Verde Road, which becomes Redington Pass Road after you leave the city. The road turns to dirt near mile marker 3. From that point, continue to just past mile marker 12 on Redington Pass Road. At the top of a small ridge the AZT crosses Redington Road. There are AZT signs on both sides of the road.


Trail Route Description

From the kiosk at the boundary of Saguaro National Park the trail works its way over to a gate and then north up to Hope Camp. From Hope Camp the trail heads north/northwest to the Quilter Trail junction. It follows this trail north and then east over several drainages, reaches a high saddle and then drops down to the junction with the Manning Camp Trail. From here the trail climbs steadily for several miles, passes a trail junction, and then drops down into the Grass Shack Campground. It then climbs continuously for several more miles to the northeast, passes another trail junction, crosses Chimenea Creek, and then comes to Manning Camp. From Manning Camp the trail goes through several trail junctions on the way to Mica Mountain and then it starts down the other side of the Rincon Mountains. It passes Italian Spring and begins dropping fairly steeply through an old burn area. After passing the wilderness boundary the trail works its way along a ridgeline and then descends to the Italian Trap Trailhead. From here the trail climbs steadily, turns to the west and then drops down to Redington Road.


Difficulty

  • Moderate to Difficult

Season(s)

  • All year. Snow can be present at higher elevations after winter storms and lower elevations can be quite warm in summer
  • Current weather forecast

Water

Water can be found seasonally in the following locations: Chimenea Creek, Grass Shack Campground, Madrona Canyon, Manning Camp and Italian Spring. Check with local agencies for current information.


Notes/Warnings:

  • All water along this passage should be purified prior to use.
  • Mountain bikes are prohibited in the Rincon Mountain Wilderness.
  • Saguaro National Park prohibits backcountry camping outside designated Campgrounds. Permits and reservations are required to stay at both the Grass Shack and Manning Campgrounds. Permits are only sold in person at the Rincon Mountain Visitor Center during business hours (9am-5pm) and by fax (520) 733-5195. The only exception to this is that Saguaro National Park allows Arizona Trail thru-hikers to call the Visitor Center at (520) 733-5153 anytime during business hours to obtain a backcountry permit if available.

Resources

  • USGS Topographic Maps: Tanque Verde Peak, Mica Mountain and Piety Hill.
  • Saguaro National Park map.
  • Rincon Mountain Wilderness map.
  • Coronado National Forest map.

For more information


Current Passage Info

Saguaro NP Reopens Trails and Campgrounds on Mica Mountain Closed Due to Fire in Rincons

Saguaro NP Reopens Trails and Campgrounds on Mica Mountain Closed Due to Fire in Rincons

Tucson, AZ – Saguaro National Park announces the reopening of Spud Rock and Manning Camp Campgrounds and all trails closed due to the Mica Bowl and Spud Rock Fires burning on Mica Mountain in the east district of the park.  The Mica Bowl Fire has been burning within natural features with minimal fire activity, no observable smoke, and no growth since August 29.  The Spud Rock Fire is 100% contained as of Friday, September 11.  It remains 760 acres in size and firefighters have been working to repair the trail system used as holding line, as well as rehabilitating sensitive habitat and other resource values at risk from the fire.      Camping permits for all six wilderness campgrounds, including the Manning Camp and Spud Rock Campgrounds, in Saguaro National Park can be only be obtained from Recreation.gov website.    Hikers should use extra caution and stay on the trail when hiking through burned areas.  There may still be some fire burning, including within stump holes causing weak and unstable ground which may be difficult to identify.  Trails may be slick with fallen pine needles or ash and some fire weakened trees may still fall.  Watch for flash flooding, rolling debris...
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Saguaro National Park Closes All Bathrooms

Saguaro National Park is announcing modifications to operations to implement the latest guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), and local and state authorities to promote social distancing. As of March 24, 2020, all front country restrooms and comfort stations in both districts of the park will be closed until further notice.  Visitor centers remain closed and fee collection operations are temporarily suspended until further notice.  All public programming continues to be cancelled until further notice. The health and safety of National Park Service (NPS) visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners is our number one priority. Where it is possible to adhere to federal, state, and local health guidance, outdoor spaces will remain accessible to the public, including trails and wilderness campsites. Visitors should come prepared to experience the park without expectation of toilets, handwashing or hand sanitation to be available. The NPS is taking extraordinary steps to implement the latest guidance from state and local authorities, which support the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s (CDC) efforts to promote social distancing and slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  As states and local governments announce further efforts to combat COVID-19, decisions on modifications to park operations are being...
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Camping Permits Required

Users are reminded that camping permits are required in Saguaro National Park. It is approximately nine miles from the south Park boundary to Grass Shack Campground, 13.8 miles to Manning Camp and 17.7 miles to the north Park boundary, the next camping options northbound. Because of sensitive cultural resources near Hope Camp, strict enforcement of NPS camping regulations is expected. Saguaro National Park camping permits are available at recreation.gov  starting February 1, 2020. The Visitor Center will not issue permits in person after January 31, 2020. Permit reservations are taken 2 months in advance of the permitted start of a trip. Outstanding camp locations exist along Rincon Creek south of the park boundary. If camping off the AZT right-of-way here a State Recreation permit is required.
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Construction on Hope Camp Trail

Saguaro National Park is in the process of repairing the Hope Camp Trail in an effort to make it safer for visitors and to improve sustainability of the trail. Be aware that the trail may be closed intermittently during August and September 2019, and expect to encounter heavy equipment on the trail. Please be kind to trail construction personnel, and communicate with equipment operators before attempting to pass.
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Flickr Photos

Photos from the Arizona Trail Association’s Flickr galleries, for this specific passage. View the entire Flickr account.

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